Spend no more time worrying about the angry, aged expression that you sport due to moderate or deep wrinkles.
Contact Dr. Korman’s Mountain View, Carmel, or San Jose office to schedule an appointment for your Botox® injections.
- 1 What is Botox®?
- 2 How Does Botox Work?
- 3 Botox® vs Dysport®
- 4 Candidates
- 5 Botox Treatments Offered
- 6 Alternatives & Ancillary Procedures for Botox
- 7 Eyelid Surgery
- 8 Consultation
- 9 Applying Botox
- 10 How Do We Decide How Many Units of Botox to Use?
- 11 Recovery/Results
- 12 Cost
What is Botox®?
The amazing injectable Botox® Cosmetic is able to instantly smooth and tighten skin, bringing back the youthful appearance that has faded. Patients love that the treatment can be done in as little as 5 minutes as Dr. Korman will inject the target area where the muscle contracts. Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles so that the wrinkles disappear.
Dr. Korman typically recommends this injectable to his patients who are unhappy with the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, and deep furrows in the brow area.
Results take no more than a week to appear and can be enjoyed for up to 3-4 months.
In addition, Dr. Korman is able to schedule a regular appointment with you to maintain your smooth, youthful appearance.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox targets the specific underlying muscles in the treatment area. The muscle is the target because that is what is often responsible for aesthetic imperfections and physical irritations.
When the muscles overwork for actions such as facial expressions, the skin above the muscle furrows and creates wrinkles.
This is often the cause of wrinkles such as laugh lines and crow’s feet. To counter this, Botox is injected directly into the muscle and temporarily paralyzes it; this in turn relaxes the skin. The same approach is used for physical irritations, like excessive sweating. Injecting Botox in the armpit slows nerve signal productivity, stopping excessive sweating. Botox has become a useful treatment for many conditions such as headaches.
Botox® vs Dysport®
Botox® and Dysport® are both FDA approved injectables that inject a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. Its most common use is for smoothing wrinkles on the face. So how are they different? Although they both inject botulinum toxin type A, they each have different formulations. The injection’s formulation affects factors such as dosage used and speed of visible results. The Botox formulation is botulinum toxin type A combined with an accompanying protein. The Dysport formulation utilizes a smaller version of the same accompanying protein. The injection that will work best for you will depend on your desired results. Dr. Korman will be happy to assess your candidacy during your consultation.
Candidates for Botox injections are men and women in good health who have realistic expectations of what this treatment can provide and experience any of the following conditions:
- Fine lines & wrinkles on the forehead, around the mouth, and near the eyes
- Mild sagging of skin on face, neck, and decolletage
- Sweating profusely
- Constant migraines
- Upper gum is visible when you smile
Botox Treatments Offered
Wrinkles are inevitable, no matter how exemplary your skincare regimen or sun avoidance. Wrinkles are a natural occurrence with the aging process, from skin losing elasticity to numerous facial expressions made over the years. The most common utilization of Botox injections is to diminish the appearance of these wrinkles on the face, neck, and décolletage. It can also be used to contour and define the jawline. Treatments are needed every 3-4 months for last results.
Some men and women’s upper gum is exposed when they smile; this is referred to as a gummy smile. Botox can be used to fight against gummy smiles by injecting it into the upper lip muscle to relax it, in turn lowering the lip.
This procedure’s effectiveness is dependent on lip length and gum visibility, so please schedule a consultation with Dr. Korman and he will be able to assess your candidacy.
For those who have used creams, deodorants, and medications to counter excessive sweating but do not see results, Botox is an effective alternative. Botox can block the nerve signals that stimulate sweat glands temporarily. When the glands do not receive this signal, sweating cannot occur. This does not back up or disperse the sweat, it just simply doesn’t get produced in the areas Botox is injected, like the armpits.
Botox is the only FDA approved injection that helps fight migraines. Botox injections generally relieve 9 migraines a month, and for lasting results treatments should be continued every 3 months.
Alternatives & Ancillary Procedures for Botox
While Botox can be performed as a treatment on its own, it has some compatible surgical and non-surgical alternatives providing similar results. Any of the following procedures can also be performed in conjunction with Botox injections.
A facelift is an ideal alternative for those who suffer from moderate to severe facial skin laxity. Facelift procedures surgically excise lax skin and tissue and reposition underlying muscles to create more definition of the face. A facelift will also greatly diminish the appearance of wrinkles; however, it will not get rid of all of them. This is why Botox is often used in conjunction with a facelift, to address the wrinkles facelifts do not.
Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound energy to initiate the body’s natural healing response and stimulate collagen production. Overtime, our bodies produce less and less collagen. This treatment encourages its production naturally, so the skin tightens and creates natural volume. Ultherapy can be referred to as a non-invasive facelift, however it will not produce the same dramatic results as a facelift would. Ultherapy combined with Botox is a great non-surgical alternative for patients wishing to diminish stubborn wrinkles.
Eyelid surgery is a procedure designed to remove sagging skin, fat deposits, and wrinkles around the eyes. Loose eyelid skin and puffy bags can make you look tired or older than you actually are; this surgery is meant to counter these factors and create more alert, vibrant eyes. Often times, Botox is used along with eyelid surgery to diminish fine lines that eyelid surgery does not address, such as crow’s feet or furrowed brow lines.
While wrinkles may be an issue, some patients desire a refreshed, glowing appearance. MicroLaserPeel is a facial resurfacing treatment that utilizes a Sciton erbium: YAG laser to address fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scars on the face. The facial laser gently removes the top layers of damaged skin and initiates the body’s natural healing response. New, healthy skin forms within 3 days without the discoloration, scars, or wrinkles.
Fractional resurfacing is a facial treatment which creates small micro-channels in the skin to initiate collagen production. As collagen forms, it thickens and volumizes the skin, giving a smooth, revitalized appearance. Fractional resurfacing fights wrinkles, acne scars, and discoloration.
You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Joshua Korman where you will explain the aesthetic or physical concerns you have. He will examine your problem areas and determine whether or not you would benefit from Botox injections. If deemed a candidate, he will go over treatment options and ancillary procedures that could enhance your results, and both you and he together will come up with the perfect personalized treatment plan. Bringing a picture of yourself from when you were younger will help Dr. Korman provide you with natural-looking results. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to ask them at this time. Dr. Korman will be more than happy to answer them all in full detail so you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the entirety of your treatment process.
The application of Botox takes merely minutes. It is an office-based treatment, and patients are able to return to their daily routines once done. This is a great “lunch-time treatment” as many patients opt to come in during their lunch break. Numbing is not required, but some patients request topical numbing cream for added comfort. Botox is injected with a thin needle to the designated treatment areas.
How Do We Decide How Many Units of Botox to Use?
Each treatment area requires different Botox dosages. Age and gender also play a factor in the units required to achieve your desired results. During your consultation is the time Dr. Korman will be able to assess the accurate amount of Botox units you will require for your individual case.
Botox does not call for any downtime; patients are able to go back to their daily routine, including work. Please do not rub the injection site for the remainder of the day. Rarely is the injection site reddened, and on a few occasions temporary muscle weakness was reported, but these rare side effects subside quickly on their own. You are often able to see results in 2-3 days and typically last 3-4 months depending on the patient. Routine visits will ensure lasting results.
The cost of your Botox injections will vary depending on how many units you receive and how many areas are treated. Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Joshua Korman to receive a quote and begin your journey to smooth, youthful skin.